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MH1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 06:48 AM
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Federal Computer Week: Diebold admits voting system flaws
(I know the Wired article this references was posted earlier. The news here is that this is in Federal Computer Week.)

E-voting manufacturer says votes could be changed undetected

* Mar 23, 2009

Critics of electronic voting systems have had their warnings vindicated by two recent announcements. An official with Premier Election Systems, formerly known as Diebold, admitted that its audit log system was flawed enough that it would be possible to delete votes undetected, and several elections officials in Kentucky were arrested on charges related to election fraud, including changing electronically recorded votes.

Wired reported that officials from Premier admitted in a hearing held March 17 in California that their tabulation software could miss significant events, including the deletion of votes on Election Day. They said the flaw is present in every version of the software.

The California Secretary of State's office discovered that audit logs from Diebold machines in Humboldt County, Calif., did not record known ballot deletions, according to Wired. Justin Bales, general sales manager for Premier's western region, told a state investigator that the software does not record deletions and never has.

The office was originally investigating the deletion of 197 votes in Humboldt County when its investigators discovered that the audit logs provided no information on the event.

The software also does not record timestamps on the events it does document, and it includes a "clear" button that allows the easy deletion of the audit logs, according to Wired and GovTech.

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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 05:22 PM
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1. K&R, hoping for #5 nt
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MH1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 08:45 PM
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2. Thanks, I know
this has been posted a couple times in various versions, but a reminder never hurts.
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-25-09 11:08 PM
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3. You got it. #5
After all the crap we took from so many people calling us CTers for doing the Paul Revere thing on the voting machines, it sure tastes sweet to see it all coming out pretty much the way we claimed starting 5-6 years ago.

I think somebody recently alluded to persistence paying off in the long run. Now, who was that that said that?
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